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A new al-Qaeda-led jihadist coalition, Hay’at Tahrir al Sham (HTS), recently perpetrated several devastating attacks deep inside Damascus.

On 19 March HTS launched a massive military assault just 2km from the walls of the Old City, having entered the area through tunnels. Whilst they were eventually driven back, it is the closest the jihadists have come to the city centre.

In recent years, the population of Damascus has swelled from less than 2 million to well over 4 million as Syrians, including hundreds of thousands of Christians, have sought sanctuary inside the city’s security cordon.

The Maronite Archbishop of Damascus, Samir Nassar, writes of “a very bitter Lent”, while proclaiming Christ Resurrected and encouraging the faithful not to give up.

Source: Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin

  • Ask the Lord to intervene in the Middle East to bring protection and provision to those who have left homes to flee danger only to find themselves at risk again.
  • Pray the church in Syria may be strengthened by the Lord, to not give up. Grant wisdom to the church leaders who constantly need to encourage their parishioners.
  • Pray the witness of the church in Syria may be so strong, that many will seek and find the one true God in the midst of suffering and uncertainly. Pray too for those who currently oppose the Lord and His children.